After showing a really good performance in his team’s past few games, Gareth Bale will once again miss action for Real Madrid after suffering an injury.
The team made the announcement via a statement they released on Monday. “Following tests carried out on Gareth Bale at the Sanitas La Moraleja Hospital by the Real Madrid Medical Services, he has been diagnosed with a muscle injury in his left soleus. His progress will be monitored.”
According to team officials, Bale acquired the injury during their Sunday match against Malaga, where his team won 3-1. The winger is said to have felt a twinge in his left calf during the opening of the match and was taken out after just four minutes of play.
Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti admitted that Bale being sidelined will have a big impact in their Champions league campaign, as he is set to miss the second leg of their Champions League quarterfinal against city rival Atletico Madrid. Real and Atletico had a scoreless draw in the first leg.
Bale proved to be an indispensible component of the team after his return from injury two weeks ago, with him being one of the key defensive components that denied Atletico a goal in the first leg. \
Aside from Bale, Real is also set to lose midfielder Luka Modri9c for at least six weeks due to an injury. According to the same statement from the team, Modric suffered a medial collateral ligament sprain in his right knee, which was also acquired in the Malaga match. The 29-year old had to leave the match during the second half.
This is the latest in a string of injuries that have plagued Modric throughout the season, where he only had 16 starts at La Liga. Prior to the current injury, he suffered a hamstring strain during international duty, for which he was sidelined for four months before returning to active play in March.